Use your wealth of experience in a consultant role. Control your calendar and rates, plus choose to work only with clients who treat you well. Delight in the newfound freedom of being your own boss — you’ve earned it.
Museum and Attraction Associate
Work at the box office or gift shop at a local museum or attraction. Love kids? Apply to a local children’s museum. Art lovers can work at an art center, while animal lovers can look to a zoo or aquarium.
Free or discounted tickets aren’t guaranteed, but they’re often a perk. Imagine earning a paycheck plus sharing your passion with friends and family.
If you spent your career teaching, a part-time job as a tutor could be a natural fit. You can specialize in one subject, or prepare students to take the SAT/ACTs. Ask a school in your area about how to get involved.
Many seniors are driving for companies like Lyft or Uber. Set your own hours with the swipe of an app, explore your city, and chat with people from all walks of life. Driving keeps you busy but off your feet, if you’re looking for a less strenuous part-time job.
In 2017, Forbes reported that a number of seniors are enjoying rideshare driving. “I actually like driving...” Jerry Jefferson, a 74-year-old widower from Missouri, told the publication. “For me, it’s extra money and I’m doing something instead of sitting around watching television.”
Dog Walker or Pet Sitter
Help people take care of their furry best friends while they’re at work or on vacation. As a dog walker or pet sitter, you can set your own hours, take on as many or as few clients as you like, and get your daily exercise while making extra cash. Plus, animals can provide companionship and purpose — it’s nice to be needed.
Grocery Store Bagger
Local grocery stores and farmers’ markets often need part-time workers. Bagging groceries and helping customers to their cars can help keep you active while you earn supplemental income. And shoppers often become regulars, which means you can become a friendly, familiar face to the people in your area.
If you enjoy going to an office a few days a week, a part-time administrative role could be a good option. After spending a lifetime interacting with a range of personalities, you could be uniquely qualified to provide support to c-suite executives who might be harder for young admins to handle.
Don’t see the right fit for you on this list? Get as creative as you’d like. The internet holds a variety of possibilities for selling crafts, art and more.
If you’re still unsure about picking up a new job, borrow from the wise words of “A Wrinkle in Time” author Madeleine L’Engle, “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”
Every decade of life is filled with wisdom, and you’ve got the advantage of having more of them under your belt than most people in the workforce today.
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